Overheated hiker helped off Ampersand Mountain

A hiker was helped off Ampersand Mountain Thursday afternoon by rescue personnel after suffering from dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Forest rangers and members of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad aided the 20-something-year-old male off the mountain, according to forest ranger and rescue squad President Julie Harjung.

“We were able to treat (him) and help him walk out,” she said.

The hiker was put in an ambulance at the trailhead on state Route 3 and transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

The rescue started at about noon and finished at about 4:15 p.m. The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department also helped.

Ampersand Mountain is 3,352 feet high and located about 7.5 miles from the village of Saranac Lake.